[Foundation-l] ID requirements proposed for Germans using video sites

David Gerard dgerard at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 17:10:15 UTC 2009

2009/4/23 Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com>:

> Commons isn't a German site, so I don't see a problem. The WMF has
> always said that it intends to follow US law only and not try and
> cater to the laws of every country in the world - that includes
> Germany. The article mentions a plan to force German ISPs to block
> illegal sites, but that seems to be just to do with child pornography,
> similar to the IWF blacklist in the UK (but done officially, so it
> might actually be accountable). It seems unlikely to me that Germany
> would block access to non-child porn foreign sites until this law,
> people would immeadiately start comparing it to China and I doubt they
> want that.

Heh. You do realise a lot of the Commons copyright rules started as
the intersection of US and German law? That's why there's quite a lot
of Commons admins from de:wp.

In any case, us saying (in diplomatic wording) "don't be silly" would
probably carry a lot of weight.

- d.

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